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Jordan McErlean



Global Restructuring Review 100 2019

Jordan McErlean is an Associate in the Litigation & Restructuring Department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Jordan joined Conyers as an Associate in 2017 after completing his Articles of Clerkship with the Firm.

Jordan’s practice covers all areas of international commercial litigation. Jordan has advised clients such as investment funds, insolvency professionals, accounting professionals and other entities on a range of complex insolvency, restructuring and other commercial litigation issues.

Jordan was a member of the Cyber-terrorism Project (a cross-disciplinary collaborative project which has published various reports and journal articles on cyber terrorism and related areas) and still maintains a research interest in legal questions surrounding the interaction of the law and the internet and the interaction of human rights with the British Government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST).

Given Jordan’s prior experience with cyber-security, he is well placed to provide advice to litigating parties on the impact of Cayman Islands laws in the tech sphere, including for example advising insolvency practitioners on the legal tools that can be used to aid in recovering and litigating crypto assets.

Jordan also regularly advises in respect of various contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including for example advice in respect of an employee’s rights and obligations when their employment is terminated under their employment contract (e.g. restrictive covenants) and/or under the Labour Law (2011 Revision).

Experience Highlights

  • Successfully acted for RMF in DD Growth Premium 2X Fund -v- RMF Market Neutral Strategies (Master) Ltd.
  • Acted for the General Partner of Torchlight Fund LP in its successful defence against a just and equitable winding up petition and in a related counter-claim.
  • Acted for PROPARCO (a Development Financial Institution partly owned by the French Development Agency (AFD) and private shareholders from the developed countries and developing nations) in its defence of a BVI claim brought against Dragon Capital (a Vietnam based fund manager).
  • Acted for a major Cayman Islands company in its defence of an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Acting for the Public Institution For Social Security in respect of the on-going provisional liquidation of Abraaj Holdings.
  • Acted on behalf of David Gao in a claim for breach of directors’ duties against China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc.
  • Acted for Outrider Master Fund and Stephen Hope in their defence of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duties claims brought by Frontera.

Professional Background

  • Articled Clerk, Conyers Dill & Pearman, 2015
  • Summer Intern, Conyers Dill & Pearman, 2011 & 2012


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) with Commendation, BPP University, 2015
  • Master of Laws (LLM) with Merit - University College London, 2014
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with First Class Honours - Swansea University, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney, 2017


  • Caymanian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Recovery & Insolvency Specialists’ Association Cayman (RISA)

Offshore Cases

Contributor - Chen, T., Jarvis, L., Macdonald, S., and Whiting, A. (2014). Cyberterrorism and the News Media. Cyberterrorism Project Research Report (No. 3).